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The Best Snowy Mountains Accommodation [Review]

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Most people nowadays would have a meltdown if they were going to stay in a place that had no phone service and no WiFi.

But that’s part of the beauty of staying at a place as remote as the Yarrangobilly Caves House.

I was a little apprehensive about it driving down into the picturesque Yarrangobilly Valley for our 3 night stay at Yarrangobilly Caves House.

But, as soon as I stepped inside our restored 1917 accommodation, I knew we had come to the right place for a digital detox retreat.

It was a return to days spent connected to the nature, which you’re presently surrounded by, rather than your phone.

I didn’t miss the world one bit. After the first day, I came to the conclusion, the world probably didn’t miss me much either.

But this remote life is not for everyone. If you’re thinking of visiting the Yarrangobilly Caves House and not sure if it’s right for you, then read on to hear about our experience.

Where is Yarrangobilly Caves?

Yarrangobilly Caves House is located within the remote northern section of Kosciuszko National Park in the New South Wales region of Australia.

It’s known for its Yarrangobilly Cave system, which extends for12-kilometres along the Yarrangobilly River valley.

The property is located down a 5km one-way gravel road off the Snowy Mountains Highway, 88km from Tumut and 114km from Cooma.

Map of yarrangobilly caves

There are park use fees needed to access Yarrangobilly Caves House, which is $4 per day per vehicle. Purchase your entrance fee at the Yarrangobilly Caves Visitor Centre upon arrival, and keep the receipt to show the accommodation.

The nearest Airport is Canberra Airport, which is 108 miles from Yarrangobilly Caves House.

The nearest supermarket is 49.7 miles away in Tumut, and the nearest store is 24.9 miles away.

What to Do at Yarrangobilly Caves House

If you’re thinking you might be bored spending three days in a remote location with no WiFi and no mobile phone reception, then think again.

As it turns out, there’s a lot you can do with that time.

woman sittin gon verandah with cup of tea looking at view.

We baked brownies, which we enjoyed in our sunroom, or the terrace.

And we did enjoy them, sitting around as a family eating and talking, listening to the sing song of the birds, and watching the kangaroos hop on by.

We weren’t shoving it down as a quick 3pm sugar pick me up at the computer. Being offline meant we could savor every moment and enjoy the smaller things in life.

kids eating food at a table

We played chess (Kalyra’s rules), read books, danced and…

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